It’s not too late to enter Erewash in Bloom, the council’s flagship gardening competition. The annual event run by Erewash Borough Council, closes on Friday 6 August so residents still have time to get their applications in either online or by post.

The hugely popular Erewash in Bloom crowns winners across a range of categories, and is the perfect opportunity for residents to showcase their colourful flower displays and gardens.

The competition is being held online this year due to the fallout from coronavirus and entries are now open. Postal entries are also accepted and can be posted to: Erewash in Bloom, Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 4RA. Please include your name, contact details and which category you are entering.

Unlike previous years where judges visited the gardens of finalists, this time entrants will be asked to submit five photographs per category through an online entry form. There are 11 categories for residents, community groups, businesses and schools to choose from, with the final judging by a virtual panel taking place in August.

The top three entrants in six of the categories, including best front garden and tallest sunflower, will receive cash prizes or vouchers. There will be certificates and trophies for the winners in the other five categories.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“With the nation creating a new generation of green- fingered enthusiasts during the lockdowns we are expecting a high number of applications for Erewash in Bloom this year, with gardens coming into full bloom over the next few weeks. The villages and towns around the borough are already boasting an abundance of beautiful colours so whether you have grown towering sunflowers, created glorious hanging baskets or cultivated the perfect garden make sure you get your applications in on time and good luck.”

Residents can enter using the online entry form. where photographs for each category can be uploaded. Entries close on Friday 6 August.